It's official: Avatar is the highest grossing film of all time!
James Cameron's latest and greatest creation has beaten the previous title holder for worldwide box office receipts, Cameron's own Titanic. Avatar has earned $1,858,866,889, besting Titanic's $1,843,201,268. An impressive feat, considering Avatar has only been in theaters for 39 days.
This past weekend, Avatar was still the number 1 film, pulling in another $36 million domestically. Other films didn't fare as well- Legion, the religious sci-fi actioner starring Paul Bettany and Dennis Quaid, pulled in about $18 million in its opening weekend, while The Book of Eli dropped to third with only $17 million.
20th Century Fox issued this statement addressing Avatar's tremendous box office performance:
"We are deeply gratified that so many millions of people around the globe have embraced 'Avatar.' Its success results from the efforts of literally thousands of people, who, over the course of several years, worked to bring James Cameron's vision of Pandora to life. The themes of protecting the environment, respecting life, and yearning for a peaceful planet have united moviegoers worldwide. We're very proud of, and grateful to, James Cameron, his amazing and dedicated team, and all the many people at Fox, who worked so long and so hard to achieve this milestone."